The Martyrdom Complex

I decided to subscribe to Working Mother magazine recently. While I was at the website ordering the subscription, I came across an interesting poll (it is currently up on the right side of that page, though it could switch soon). The question was “When was your last ‘Me-time?’” The answer choices were yesterday, today, last wee… read more »

Being Confronted With Our Errors

As I’ve mentioned once or twice here before, I’m writing a feature piece for City Journal on the Khan Academy. These online video lectures cover various math and science topics, and the math problem sets on the site encourage individually-paced, sequential-learning to mastery.
Anyway, the videos are interesting, but they’ve also sp… read more »

15 Minutes Outside

I’ve been paging through Rebecca P. Cohen’s new book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids. There is plenty of research finding that getting outdoors can boost one’s mood, and kids who spend time outdoors are highly likely to get more physical activity than those who don’t. So those are two b… read more »

When You're Running Late

One of the downsides of writing a book on time management is that people expect you to be on time for things. Usually I am. I think through how much time I need to do something based on how long it has actually taken in the past, as opposed to how long it took under perfect circumstances. Fact: there will always be traffic on Friday nights at rush hour. Traveling take… read more »

Next Generation Career Summit: Would You Hire Yourself?

Those of you who have read 168 Hours know I borrowed an exercise from career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine called the “List of 100 Dreams.” This is a completely unedited list of anything you might want to do or have in life. It helps us answer the question of what we want to devote more time to. We often think about what we want off our plates but, assum… read more »